Blissful Citrus Thirst Quencher

Here is the most memorable citrus beverage that I have ever tasted, packed with flavour, and, I have to say, also the most thirst quenching drink I have ever tasted in my life.  Ideal for the summer months, and kids just love it too, what could be better ?  Feast your eyes, and enjoy the chill and delight of nature’s fruits here, all in one drink – great to share with family and friends, and looks rather impressive too.  We shared this with friends last weekend, accompanied by a full vegan brunch, which lasted till 2am, yes – a delightful full day indeed !!!  I have only one confession to make – it was too good to be true, so I therefore had to make another lot. Just as well I had the energy to make more – must have been something in the drink !

Serves 3 to 4 people, depending on glass size, and the amount of ice used.


the juices of 1 pink grapefruit, 1 lemon, 1 lime & 2 oranges

2 thin slices of citrus from each of the fruits (so be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly first)

a few fresh mint leaves

½  cinnamon stick

2½  cups very chilled water

ice cubes

2 -3 Tbsp agave nectar, or maple syrup if you prefer (it needs it)

¼ cup boiling water


  1. Place the agave (or maple syrup) in a small jug, and mix with the boiling water until it melts, stirring all the time. Place the cinnamon stick in there too, and allow it to stand for a couple of minutes.
  2. Now pour the citrus juices in a glass jug, add the remaining ingredients, and, using a couple of chopsticks, mix. Taste for sweetness at this point, if you need to add a dollop more of sweet syrup do so at this point, then stir again.
  3. Add the ice, the citrus slices and gently stir the liquid with your sticks, and serve after 2 to 3 minutes, so that it is super chilled. Enjoy !!!

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  1. Simply one of the MOST GORGEOUS pictures I have seen on a vegan blog lately!


  2. Jenna Hi there, what a wonderful comment and compliment – that has put a huge smile on my face, Thanks !

  3. This looks perfect for summer, but if only we actually had any summer here in the UK. It’s been utterly abysmal this year with just rain, rain and rain!

    Oh well. I can just pretend we have some sun and make it anyway 🙂

  4. Hi Andrea, hope a few days of sunshine beam through the clouds. Best wishes.

  5. Miriam, I am in awe of your talent and the gift it is for me to share in the generosity of your website, your recipes and the experimentation, planning and science behind each one. Most of all it is a gift to share in the love that you have put into each of your recipes. I am loving experimenting, learning and sharing the meals with my family. Thank you so much!

  6. Jeannine Hi there and welcome here. What wonderful words you have bestowed upon my blog, I am very grateful to you truly !!! Please come back with your feedback and comments, and I do wish that you enjoy each and every single one. Very Best Wishes your way !

  7. Hi Miriam,I am going to try this drink just as soon as I can get the grapefruit and lime,it looks wonderfull and will be a welcome drink for us here in Spain where it is realy hot,thank you !

  8. Hi there Kathleen, sounds like the ideal drink – use plenty of ice !!! Cheers to you !.

  9. Hi Miriam,

    Beautiful pictures. I want to try most of these recipes. Already shared this one on pinterest. Some recipes are calling for vegetable cubes; can you provide some info on them. I am assuming you are using those insteadofvegetable stock. I try to use home made stock in my soups, any suggestions ?

  10. Elif Hi there and welcome here. Thanks for sharing my picture. Now with regards to vegetable stock, you can purchase this in your health food store I imagine. It depends what country you live in in terms of brands and what you will find. Vegetable granules of any kind will do the job so long as they are vegan. These granules and or vegetable cubes are designed to be broken down when immersed in hot water, where they yield their flavours. I don’t always have homemade vegetable stock available and that’s why it’s useful to find a dried one which one can store and use at will. Kallo have a range of vegetable stock cubes are vegan as is the brand Bouillon make both vegetable cubes and granules which are both yeast free and vegan. Here is a link of both for you, I hope this helps you. I look forward to your future comments on my blog. Best wishes your way in the meantime, and I hope you enjoy my other recipes too !

  11. Thanks for your detailed reply, Miriam. I have been living in the US for a while. I was guessing it would be some kind of Boullion product. Thanks again for the info.
    By the way, I made this drink for my guests and my family the other day. I just loved it and they all did, too. It was the perfect drink for our hot summer afternoon. So refreshing! In fact I shared your website with some of my guests who wanted to make it. I loved that you can adjust the sweetness and the fact that there is a spice element in it. Easy recipe and the finished drink looks very pretty in the pitcher, I have to add.

  12. Elif Hi there and thanks for coming back with your appreciative comment. Am glad your guests enjoyed it too, it is a wonderful drink to share in summer and very colourful too ! – thanks for sharing this and my blog with them too ! Best your way !

  13. This looks amazing but I have a grapefruit allergy. Is there another fruit that you could think of substituting? Thanks

  14. Patty Hi there. Use all the citrus fruit you can get and omit the grapefruit – it’ll be fine ! Let me know how it goes, it’s truly a thirst quencher !


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